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> Pickup Covers?, do they effect the tone?
post Feb 28 2009, 10:48 PM
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Hey GMC! I was sitting with my guitar trying to find a good bass metal tone but I dont think my guitar is capable of such a thing. It is an ibanez sa by the way. Anyway, I noticed from all the demos that everyone else plays their ibanex without the pickup covers on them. Do you think pickup covers effect the tone?

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post Mar 1 2009, 12:38 AM
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Pickup covers effect the tone very little (not so much that it would make the diffrence for a metal tone) and almost everytime, covered pickups are wind a bit hotter to turn the cover effect to zero - So the covers aren't the problem!!!

If you can't get a metal tone with your standard Ibanez SA pickups then it's because:

- your amp prolly has not metal tone or you don't know ho to get that tone out of it...amp is about 80% of the tone
- The standard Ibanez pickups aren't the best, try some metal pickups in it like EMGs...pickup makes 10% of the tone
- Guitar wood, the SA basswood has not very much low end to it, that's why you can't get that chunky metal tone perfectly, wood makes 10% of the tone aswell

I think the problem is your amp/amp setting rather than your guitar or pickup covers - I've seen people play Thrash metal with Fender Strats!!! They played through a real metal amp and that's were most of the tone comes from!!!

A new set of pickups will get you a better metal tone, but don't expect a HUGE diffrence from before


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